Mount ʾUḥud (Arabic: جبل أُحُد) is a reddish mountain in Hijaz, north of Medina. It is located 4 kilometers north of al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
The Battle of Uhud occurred beside this mountain. Graves of Hamza, the prophet's uncle, and other the martyrs of the Battle of Uhud is beside the mountain and is a visiting site.
Reason for Naming
There are several opinions why it is called Uhud. Some say it is called Uhud because it is separated from other mountains around. It is also said that Allah wanted to name it Uhud because Ansar fought beside it supporting tawhid (the words Uhud and Tawhid have the same root "w ḥ d" in Arabic). It is written that it was called "Anqad" in the Age of Ignorance". Prophet Muhammad (s) loved this mount and said: "Mount Uhud loves us and we love it."
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